22 February 2015

1000 Kisses Solid Perfume

1000 Kisses is one of those perfumes that didn't sell itself to me on first sniff, but one that grew on me over time and one that I'm sure will become a staple summer scent for me. Originally released in 2011, the liquid version was created by Mark Constantine to pay homage to his wife and the love he feels towards her - a sentiment that makes this fragrance just that little bit more special. 

An exquisite and delicate perfume, 1000 Kisses has a sweet, fruity and very refreshing aroma - one that is different from anything else that Lush currently offer. Created from a blend of apricot and mandarin notes, this solid fragrance offers a fruity but tart smell that reminds me of freshly made marmalade or apricot jam. 

Much like it's liquid counterpart, this juicy, plummy scent is intertwined with a warm, earthy, autumnal hint of osmanthus and myrrh. For those readers unsure of what osmanthus is, I did a little research and found out that it is a Himalayan shrub that produces a floral absolute with green and fruity notes.  
What is really great about this solid edition is that it develops quite dramatically on the skin - offering you an experience that changes over time and differs from the simple scent that greets you upon opening the lid. 

In the tin, the light fragrance is rather subtle on the senses but the moment your finger warms the waxes and oils, the much-loved aroma becomes more prominent. In this format, it is the citrus elements that come through the strongest - like a freshly squeeze mandarin with some of the pith thrown in there for a bittersweet aftertaste. 

However, once the perfume has been applied to the skin and left to develop, the myrrh and labdanum become more prominent and offer the wearer a much more comforting and sophisticated aroma. The myrrh adds a rather aromatic and subtle spicy warmth to the perfume, whereas the labdanum offers a more complex, earthy aroma that lingers on the skin for a good few hours.

On your skin, the citrus elements disperse ever so slightly, and the warm, comforting smell of the other ingredients comes through. What you are left with is something far deeper and more multi-layered than you would have initially expected. Had the scent of 1000 Kisses stayed as two-dimensional as it was on first sniff, I might not have enjoyed this as much as I did. However, the warmth that comes through when you're wearing it, makes this a much more well-rounded experience for the user. 

I actually found the aroma of the solid edition much more enjoyable than the liquid format because it was rather more subtle and slightly sweeter than it's older brother. I was able to pick out each element of the perfume much clearly than the liquid edition, which was wonderful.  

Despite this, with this particular fragrance, I found that it didn't have the longevity on my skin as the liquid version demonstrated. While I could still detect it an hour or so after I had initially applied it to my wrists, it wasn't very strong by this point and I had to reapply it most hours to get the effect I wanted. However, it did offer me something which I thought was more rounded and rather more interesting than the liquid alternative. Perhaps this is something that could be used in conjunction with the liquid fragrance - to top up the smell throughout the day and give me that little extra warmth that the liquid perfume lacks. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Candelilla Wax, Perfume, Limonene, Lilial, Myrrh Resinoid, Labdanum Resinoid, Osmanthus Absolute, Citral, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Linalool, Coumarin, Colour 77492, Colour 77491.

Vegan?: Yes. 

2015 Price: £7.50 for 12g. 
2016 Price: £7.95 for 12g. 

Year Of Original Release: 2011.

Scent Family: 
1000 Kisses Deep Liquid Perfume
1000 Kisses Solid Perfume

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